Round and About: April 2002. (Frontline)

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London

Paintings from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Until May 19th

The National Gallery Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN Tel: 020 7747 2885

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, founded in 1816 and one of the oldest public museums in the country, holds the collections of art and treasures of Cambridge University. Currently closed for re-development, the Museum has loaned the National Gallery a selection of Italian, Dutch and Flemish works painted between the mid-16th and 18th centuries.

The Inland Sea

April 3rd to 28rd

Wilton's Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB. Further details on 01865 723238 Bookings on 020 7836 9712

The acclaimed Oxford Stage Company are launching the premier of Naomi Wallace's play The Inland Sea at Wilton's Music Hall, the world's oldest surviving music hall. The play, set in Yorkshire in the 1760s, centres on the famous landscape gardener `Capability' Brown and his vision to re-invent the gardens of great houses to echo the English landscape, challenging the trend for formal Continental designs.

Enlightening the British: Knowledge, Discovery and the Museum

April 4th to 6th

The British Museum Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG Tel: 020 7323 8000

As the Museum approaches the 250th anniversary of its foundation in June 2003, this conference pauses to consider the intellectual, social and political context in which it was established. Themes include the ordering of knowledge, politics and institutions, the Arts, and science.

Rewriting Irish Histories

April 4th to 6th

University College London Gower Street, London www.ucl.ac.uk/history/common/

Roy Foster delivers the Neale lecture to open this, the Joint Neale and Commonwealth Fund Conference. Papers include `Irish Immigrants in South Africa' and `Irish-Slave Conspiracies and Rebellions in the Caribbean'.

Understanding Islam

April 15th, 22nd

Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre School of Oriental & African Studies Thornhaugh Street WC1 Tel: 0207499 1287

Organised by Asia House in conjunction with the Centre of Near & Middle Eastern Studies, these two talks are part of a series on different aspects of Islam. Professor Fred Halliday of the LSE discusses Islam in international relations on 15th, and Professor Carole Hillenbrand of Edinburgh University debates `Women and Islam: the Doctrine and the Practices' on the 22nd.

The Genius of Caspar David Friedrich: German Romantic Art for Russian Imperial Palaces

April 20th to August 18th

Hermitage Rooms Somerset House Strand, London WC2R 1LA Tel: 020 7845 4631 www.hermitagerooms.com

Six oil paintings and six sepia drawings by Friedrich (1774-1830) have been lent by the Hermitage for this exhibition, which also looks more broadly at the taste for German art in Russia cultivated by Nicholas I and his German wife Alexandra. …